As people become more health conscious, they are looking into new treatments and therapies that can help them improve their wellbeing. One of the most popular therapies is chiropractic care, a form of treatment that uses manual adjustments to align the spine and other parts of the body.
But how effective is this type of therapy? Is there any scientific research that backs up the claims made by chiropractors? Let’s take a look at the success rate of chiropractic treatment.
One study conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that patients who had undergone chiropractic treatment reported significant decreases in their pain levels after just three months of receiving care.
In terms of treating lower back pain, research shows that chiropractic treatment is effective for both short-term and long-term relief. A systematic review published in 2017 found that spinal manipulation was associated with “moderate-to-large short-term effects” when it came to reducing lower back pain. It also found that spinal manipulation provided “small but meaningful benefits” for patients with chronic lower back pain over more extended periods of time.
Another systematic review published in 2018 focused on neck pain specifically and found similar results – namely, spinal manipulation was associated with “moderate-to-large short-term effects” when it came to reducing neck pain.
Chiropractic care has also been found to be beneficial for headaches and other types of musculoskeletal conditions such as shoulder impingement syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. While more research is needed in these areas, there is enough evidence to show that chiropractic treatment can effectively manage many common musculoskeletal conditions.
It’s clear that chiropractic care can be a very effective way to treat various types of musculoskeletal issues as well as chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia or arthritis.